Bellerive Yacht Club Commodore Graham Mansfield in Black Magic will lead Saturday’s Opening Day of the Yachting Season Sail Past, expected to total more than 200 craft.
Also aboard Black Magic will be Rio Paralympic silver medallist Matt Bugg, a fitting honour following his great performance at Rio.
For the first time since her appointment as Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM will take the salute at the Opening Day of the Yachting Season.
This year’s 136thOpening Day on Saturday, 8 October, will comprise a Sail Past in Sullivan’s Cove, with the fleet motor/sailing line astern past the historic motor yacht Egeria, where the Governor taking the salute.
Her Excellency will board Egeria at the RYCT marina, where a pipe band wil be playing on the club lawns.
Hobart’s Opening Day of the Yachting Season is unique among yacht and sailing clubs in Australia, attracting a huge and varied fleet of the River Derwent.
Given good weather, spectators could see some 220-plus racing and cruising yachts, one-design racing yachts, motor yachts, dinghy classes, even kayaks and ‘tinnies’, out on the river for a spectacular sail past and salute.
‘Opening Day’ has been a tradition on the Derwent since 1880 when a handful of yachts performed ‘evolutions’ off historic Battery Point, with then Governor taking the salute.
Many vessels will be ‘dressed ship’ with nautical flags, their crews dressed up on colourful uniform for the occasion.
The parade will start line off the Regatta Grounds at 2pm, with dinghy and centreboard classes at the forefront, following racing yachts and at the rear of the fleet will come motor yachts.
The fleet, headed by Black Magic, will sail and/or motor into Sullivan’s Cove, leaving Egeria on the port hand in line astern with the senior officer on each vessel saluting by hand.
Opening Day represents the major clubs whose yachts race or cruise on the magnificent River Derwent and other southern waterways, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Derwent Sailing Squadron, Bellerive Yacht Club, Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania, Geilston Bay Boat Club, Sandy Bay Sailing Club and the Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania.
Following the sail past, many boats in the fleet will raft up for the traditional Opening Day rendezvous which will be signalled on the flag poles of the RYCT, BYC and DSS at 1.30pm.
The following day, Sunday 9 October, will see the first long race of the Combined Clubs Series, the RYCT’s Channel Race, with the first Harbour race day the following Saturday, 15 October.
However, the SB20 one-design sports boat fleet will begin their pennant racing this Thursday evening, 6 October as part of the DSS Twilight racing.
The Bellerive Yacht Club would like to congratulate all the winners in the 2016 Tasmanian Hall of Fame and Yachting Achievement Awards that were held at the BYC last Sunday. We would especially like to congratulate Hughie Lewis for being named Yachting Personality of the Year
Here is his citation: Hughie Lewis took up keelboat racing in the mid 1980s after a successful career in competition water skiing. About the same time his business Lewis Marine took off, catering for all areas of recreational boating in Tasmania. His extensive knowledge of the Tasmanian recreational and professional marine industry is demonstrated by the fact that Hughie is currently a member of the Board of Directors for MAST. Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) is a statutory authority that was established on 30 July 1997 to ensure the safe operation of vessels (recreational and commercial), provide and manage marine facilities and manage environmental issues relating to vessels. Over a long period of time, Hughie has contributed at the highest level to all aspects of sailing at the Bellerive Yacht Club and the general sailing scene in Tasmania. He has been awarded life membership at the Bellerive Yacht Club and year in and out, he continues to contribute untiringly. He is currently a member of the BYC General Committee and is very actively involved in the Crown Series, Sponsorship and Marina Committees. This year, like many previous years, Hughie continues to be the driving force in attracting sponsorship for sailing events. The Crown Series Bellerive Regatta would not be possible without his crucial support. He has generously sponsored many Bellerive Yacht Club racing series and events. Hughie saw the potential of the Wednesday evening twilight races from the very beginning. His name has become synonymous with this event over the past three decades. Without fuss he has put up the sponsorship, assisted with race management, competed regularly aboard his own boats and crewed for others. Most importantly he made sure twilight prize giving ceremonies are always fun and inclusive. The high level of Hughie’s involvement in this event is definitely one of the reasons why the twilight series has become one of the most successful ways to attract new people to sailing. Hughie is at his best when on the microphone. His ability to engage his audience has transformed many a mundane prize giving session. He is renowned for throwing in the odd, slightly dubious, joke. At these occasions he always encourages participation, for example, the BYC Ladies Twilight Race days are now becoming mainstream, rather than one off novelty event. It is fair to say Hughie has owned many racing keelboats over the years, from production cruiser racers right through to the one design Farr 40 class. More recently he has been competing in the SB20 class as well as living aboard his Princess 57 motor cruiser on the BYC marina. His ability as a helmsman was demonstrated at the recent SB20 nationals where he came third in the first heat, beating many high profile crews in a hotly contested fleet run by the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. In conclusion, Hughie Lewis has generously supported the sport of sailing over three decades. He has always been prepared to step forward when there is work to be done and he sits on countless committees. His contribution to sailing is not confined to one yacht club. This year, as has been the case for many decades now, Hughie has continued to contribute at the very highest level to all aspects of yachting in Tasmania. He has been active as a competitor and boat owner, a member of numerous committees and a major sponsor to many sailing events. His charismatic nature and genuine desire to improve yachting makes Hughie an extremely worthy nomination for the Yachting Tasmania Personality of the Year award.
Colleen Darcy and her all-women crew from Hobart have made a brilliant start to the 2016 Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta on a boisterous Port Phillip, winning all three handicap divisions of race two after a conservative start in race one.
Sailing the Archambault 35 Absolut, the Hobart women showed their heavy weather sailing skills as a predicted 35 knot front came through, with Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron race officers cancelling a planned third race.
Two divisions, multiple classes and seven represented states comprised the overall pool of 177 competitors, some of whom have never sailed keelboats before. The rough conditions saw some damage and a couple of WOB situations, but no serious problems to the 26 boats.
Race one started in a solid 15 knots from the north-west. Some boats tried to brave the increasing winds by keeping up full mains, but those who reefed benefited significantly.
Absolut finished second in fleet and on corrected time placed third under AMS scoring, fifth under IRC and fifth under EHC handicapping.
Race two saw the south westerly shift settle in direction but increase in pressure, livening the course and bringing short, sharp chop with it.
On Absolut, Derwent Sailing Squadron member Colleen Darcey took a conservative approach to the whole race, emphasising the need to reduce the chance of error through unnecessary manoeuvres.
These tactics by the Tasmanian crew, which represents the Derwent Sailing Squadron, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and Bellerive Yacht Club, saw Absolut lead the fleet round the course and win IRC, AMS and EHC on correct time.
Darcey explained: “We really pushed ourselves today; it was challenging but great fun out there. We were down one crew, which didn’t help, but it just made us work a little harder.
“Being from Tassie we’re used to the heavy weather but had to adjust our sailing to the slop and chop Melbourne’s Port Philip brings.
“We realised we needed to console our urges to play every shift and stick to conservative sailing. We’re certainly looking forward to adding more tactics and strategy to our game plan tomorrow.”
The Combined Clubs Committee has agreed to a Sailing Programme for the 2015-16 season for Harbour and Long Race Pennant Series. In planning the programme, the Committee considered the feedback from the survey conducted by the Southern Keelboat Group and information provided by individual clubs.
The programme features:
Similar format to last year for both Harbour and Long Race Series
Mid-river Harbour Series races will be a mixture of Windward/Leeward, Triangle and longer Harbour races.
Harbour Series will be run over seven (7) race days.
Long race series will be run over seven (7) race days.
Long races will have a change of start time with first group starting at 10.00 am.
All boats must also lodge the relevant 2013-2016 YA Special Regulations Equipment Audit Form at one of the Combined Clubs before their entry becomes valid.
COMPETITORS ARE REMINDED OF YACHTING AUSTRALIA RRS RULE 56 CREW ELIGIBILITY
For many years now it has been a requirement for all crew sailing on a boat racing in events under the Yachting Australia Prescriptions to the Racing Rules of Sailing to be members of a Club. Exceptions to this requirement are those sailing no more than three races in a season and those taking part in Twilight races.
Compliance with this prescription in Tasmania is generally very high, however it seems some boat owners are not aware of the Rule. If boats do not comply then owners and skippers expose themselves to the possibility of being scored DSQ in races in which they carry crew who have done more than three races and who are not members of a Yachting Tasmania-affiliated Club.
As well as avoiding DSQ, there are good positive reasons why crew members should be members of a Club. Membership comes with automatic personal accident insurance associated with on and off water activities to do with sailing. Details are on the Yachting Australia website. Uninsured crew, or their family, may be required to take legal action against their skipper or boat owner to obtain access to insurance coverage in the event of injury or death.
Club membership supports our sport. Yacht and sailing clubs develop juniors, run training courses, conduct regattas, provide rescue boats, train and support volunteers and have input to the governance and rules of sailing, amongst a host of other activities.
Club members are the backbone of the sport and more members allow clubs to provide more activities and facilities.
It is unfair on those who do comply with the YA prescription that others are allowed to participate at no cost. Very few, if any other organised sporting activities are provided at no cost to the participant. All Clubs have affordable levels of Crew Membership and strongly encourage owners and skippers to introduce their crew as new members.
CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
During the last season a number of instances arose where boats sailed through the starting or finishing line of races other than the one in which those boats were sailing in. While this is a prohibited action under the previous Sailing Instructions, it was not clear what penalties that applied and which parties could lodge a protest.
The Combined Clubs have drafted new provisions setting out the penalties, ranging from a two-minute time penalty to disqualification. The changes make it clear that encroaching on a start or finish while boats are starting or finishing is not acceptable from a safety point of view, as well as a matter of good manners and sportsmanship. Lesser penalties apply for lower level infringements. These changes do not affect a boats right to request redress.
The new provisions make it clear that the parties who can protest or report such infringements include Race Committees of all clubs conducting events in the racing area covered by the Combined Clubs Sailing Instructions.
There has been some confusion around the requirement to notify the Race Officer or Race Committee on the day if your boat is involved in a serious incident while racing (eg man overboard, collision, grounding or crew injury). As per Sailing Instruction 1.19 the Race Officer is the Officer in Charge of Safety and is there to help you. However there have been a number of incidents in recent times that have not been reported.
The wording will be changed to clarify that in the case of a serious incident on the water the Race Officer/Race Committee must be advised as soon as practical so that if the incident is unable to be managed by the boat itself the Race officer can direct assistance as required.
Competitors please note that it will be mandatory for boats competing in Combined Clubs Harbour Series races to carry a fully operational VHF radio (this can be a hand held unit).
AGREED FINAL PROGRAMME
The race days have been allocated around the traditional regattas / races we have each year: Maria Island Race, Bruny Island Race and Crown Series Regatta.
Combined Clubs Opening Day - Saturday 10 October 2015
LONG RACE SERIES
11 October 2015 Long Race Series Race 1 (Channel) RYCT
24 October 2015 Long Race Series Race 2 BYC
28 November 2015 Long Race Series Race 3 RYCT
16 January 2016 Long Race Series Race 4 BYC
30 January 2016 Long Race Series Race 5 (Betsey Is) DSS
13 February 2016 Long Race Series Race 6 RYCT
27 February 2016 Long Race Series Race 7 DSS
17 October 2015 Harbour Series Race 1 DSS
7 November 2015 Harbour Series Race 2 BYC
21 November 2015 Harbour Series Race 3 DSS
5 December 2015 Harbour Series Race 4 BYC
23 January 2016 Harbour Series Race 5 RYCT
8 February 2016 Harbour Series Race 6 (RHRA) BYC
5 March 2016 Harbour Series Race 7 RYCT
Fri 18 - Sun 20 Sept 2015 Pipe Opener DSS/HYC
Fri 9 October 2015 Des Cooper Memorial Race RYCT
Wed 21 October 2015 Overnight Race BYC
Sat 31 October 2015 Showdown Regatta RYCT
Sun 8 November 2015 Nibbs Electrical Pursuit Race BYC
Fri 13 November 2015 Maria Is Race RYCT
Sat 14 November 2015 Galapagos Duck Race BYC
Sat 19 December 2015 Bridge Race DSS
Sat 2 January 2016 KOD DSS
Sat 6 February 2016 Bruny Is Race RYCT
Fri 19– Sun 21 February 2016 Crown Series BYC
Sat 12– Sun 13 March 2016 Cygnet Regatta PCSC
Fri 18– Sat 19 March 2016 IOR Cup BYC
Fri 25– Mon 28 March 2016 Dover Regatta (Easter) PESC
Sat 2 April 2016 Barnes Bay Regatta KBC
Sat 9 April 2016 Beneteau Regatta
Fri 29– Sat 30 April 2016 Navigation Trial RYCT
NOR, Entry Forms and Indicative Handicaps can now be found here